An inspirational musical journey of a young woman struggling to overcome oppressive forces that drive her to the edge, both literally and figuratively. Set to the song “Fly”, this powerful first-person point of view of virtual reality immerses audiences in the struggle with suicide in a way never before possible as they are pushed to the precipice of defeat… and ultimately overcome, soaring with hope and freedom.
Over 40,000 people die by suicide every year in the United States. Anxiety and depression affect over 40 million Americans.
But the stigma of suicide and depression often prevents people from seeking help or recognizing the warning signs.
Today's most exciting new technology, virtual reality, is a dynamic and publicly visible gateway to starting these conversations and saving lives.
The "Fly VR Experience" immerses us in the minds and hearts of those suffering in a way never before possible... to empathize with the struggle, generate compassion, and soar into hope.
With your donation, we harness the power of virtual reality to raise awareness and hope through an uplifting immersive experience.
"Fly VR" is a charitable, tax deductible project set up through our friends at First Mondays and The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation
Listen to the song
Dusty Wright's song "Fly" was written in the wake of the suicide of a young New York City woman who couldn't break free from the emotional chains of her religion and the demands mounted by her family and others to keep her in place. Sadly, one of her sisters also took her own life three months later. When Dusty's brother died this past summer, he began to examine his own family's battles with depression and anxiety, reinvigorating his commitment to sharing this song and removing the stigma of mental illness and suicide.
Underneath the upbeat nature of the song's melody lies the real story. This song is a celebration of life and all individuals that suffer from some unseen emotional pain who are trying to fly free from the chains of imprisonment. The song is also about the duality of life. What makes one person soar and another crash and burn? How do some deal with the hurdles of life while others are forever tortured? Regardless, depression should not be shrouded in shame nor marginalized by others.
Meanwhile, rates of suicide are rising in the U.S. The rate jumped 24% from 1999 to 2014, from 10.5 to 13 per 100,000 people, according to an April 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - CNN Jun 7, 2016
Regardless of race, creed, religion or sex, we aim to unite others from all around the world on a universal and human level, to support and raise awareness together... as one.
Meet The Team
Dusty Wright is an edutainment (education + entertainment) content creator from New York City. He's been on the forefront of utilizing cutting edge technology for over 30+ years. These past two years he's immersed himself in VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality). As a critically acclaimed songwriter, he's released six albums and has had his music featured in films and television. He's the former editor of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines.
A virtual reality and interactive storytelling veteran, Stephanie began developing immersive entertainment in the '90s. She has worked with Intel, Disney Creative Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Productions, HBO, Atlas Media, and Carmike Cinemas. Stephanie is a New York Times Critic’s Pick director for her documentary The Standbys. She produced Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition, the first feature film ever released on the Oculus Rift, was the first person invited to film a U.S. President in 2015, and directed the VR narrative documentary Kanju (Tribeca, 2016).
Award-winning writer Serena Belsby garnered her first award at the Cannes Film Festival for her screenplay A Second Chance, placing first in the Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition. She's an alumni of both the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Plume et Pellicule writers workshop sponsored by Dreamago in Sierre, Switzerland. Most recently, she completed the full-length stage play, Ms. Senior USA. Moreover, the feature film The Merry Graingers was written, directed and produced by Serena and shot primarily on her family’s ranch in Washington State. Another ranch themed project was her web series Check The Farm–a wild and zany examination of farm life. She is set to direct her second feature film.
Dr. Paul Quinnett
A clinical psychologist and trainer for more than 35 years, Dr. Quinnett developed and managed a suicide prevention hotline, an emergency services department, and a dozen mental health service delivery programs. He has authored seven books, many professional articles and book chapters. He was Director of Training for the Spokane Mental Health APA-approved psychology internship program for more than 20 years and has served on board of the American Association of Suicidology. He was a founding board member of two national suicide prevention organization and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
"Fly VR" is a fiscally sponsored project of Florence Belsky Foundation, dba First Mondays. With generous support from Daniel Schneider.
Your tax deductible donation goes towards:
Virtual Reality Production Costs
Cast & Crew
Post-Production & Editing
Marketing & PR
All donations are non-refundable and tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Remaining funds will be donated to a suicide prevention organization.